Rome, the Eternal city, is one of the most visited places in Europe. Whether you are there for a few hours or for an entire week, be prepared to step into the world’s biggest open air museum.
Besides its beauty, Rome can be overwhelming and also confusing for those who are there for the first time. Here you can find some USEFUL TIPS for your next vacation to Rome:
1. Find accommodation near Termini Station
Termini Station is the main railway station of Rome. The hostels near this place are really cheap and also you can easily get to the Colosseum or Fontana di Trevi by foot.
2. Transportation from airport to city
Rome has two airports: Ciampino and Fiumicino. From both of them you can get to city center by train, bus or by cab.
Transportation from and to the airport Ciampino of Rome
There is no train station at Ciampino, but you can take one of the Cotral/Schiaffini buses from the airport to the nearest train station. They depart every 30 minutes and it costs 1 euro. From this station, the train to Rome’s Termini train station takes 15 minutes and costs just 1.50 euros.
The shuttle bus connects Ciampino airport to Rome Termini Station, the main interconnection in the city for buses, trams and metros.
Online tickets cost 4 euros one way/8 euros return trip instead of 6 euros/11 euros on the spot.
Taxi transport to the city center has been standardized by the authorities of Rome at a flat fee of 30 euros which includes four passengers and all bags.
Transportation from and to the airport Fiumicino of Rome
From Fiumicino airport to the city center of Rome you can take the Leonardo Express or Sabina-Fiumicino line FR1.
Leonardo Express :
- Stops: Fiumicino Airport and Termini Station
- Price: 14 euros / one-way
- Journey time: 32 minutes
Sabina-Fiumicino line FR1 :
- Stops: Fiumicino Airport, Roma Trastevere, Roma Ostiense, Roma Tuscolana and Roma Tiburtina
- Price: 8 euros / one-way
You can find tickets here.
The shuttle bus service is fast and non-stop from Rome Fiumicino international airport to Rome Termini Station. One-way ticket is 4 euros and you can book/buy online here. The journey time is around one hour.
Taxi transport to the city center has been standardized by the authorities of Rome at a flat fee of 40 euros which includes four passengers and all bags.
3. Say NO to heels for this trip
These streets weren’t made for heels. If you want to walk through Rome, try getting a pair of comfortable shoes and, very important, a hat as it is very sunny. In Rome, Annual Weather Average is 22°C/72°F. In the summer, temperatures can reach 30°C, but it will feel hotter because of the urban heat effect.
4. Stay hydrated
High temperatures registered in the Italian Capital shouldn’t keep you away from walking around the city. While you gaze at this open air museum, don’t forget to drink enough water. With over 2000 public fountains, you don’t have to buy many bottles of water. Buy just one and then refill.
- visit Rome in the first Sunday of the month. All the museums, except Borghese Gallery, have free entrance.
- cross the street like an Italian: rise your hand and warn the drivers that you are going to cross the street. In Italy the traffic lights and also the zebra crossing are almost useless.
- eat fish only on Tuesdays and Fridays. These are the days on which you can find fresh fish.
- eat the best sandwich in Rome, at Duecento Gradi where the prices start at 5 euros/ sandwich.
- make online reservation for everything you can. Rome is full of tourists, tourists want to visit the museums, you need tickets for museum entrance, you don’t have time to loose at queue… you got the point.
I hope these tips will help you enjoy and have the best experience in Rome. You can leave a comment below in which you can tell me your tips for a perfect holiday.